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Lights with ADD layer tutorial by martinacecilia Lights with ADD layer tutorial by martinacecilia
I remember learning this trick half a dozen of years ago, when I was doing the first steps towards digital art. I saw it in an open canvas event file I downloaded somewhere and I found it really interesting. Sadly that didn't work that well on photoshop so I stopped using it. But somewhere between the versions Adobe worked on his Linear Dodge blending mode and it's vaguely good now!
By the way, if you use OpenCanvas or paint tools SAI you're luckier, it works better there!


:bulletblue: it works on Photoshop, Painter, paint tool SAI, Open Canvas for sure. Tell me if you try it on other software! [edit]Works great on the GIMP too![/edit]
:bulletblue: great for digital colouring and painting and photomanip as well.


font used: it's really good, take it!

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Sorayoshi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
i tried this but the light keeps coming out white even when i put orange ): can you help me please? other then that i thank you for this tutorial :)
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
uhm, it could be several things. maybe the orange is too light. (a brown works well too) Or you could try lowering the opacity of the gradient (sometimes when it gets too bright it comes out as white) and by lowering the opacity I mean lowering it A LOT (like 20% or 30%). Or it could be that you're in "color dodge" mode instead of "linear dodge"?
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Sorayoshi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
which mode in SAI is "linear dodge", i used luminosity because it said that it was linear doge in the help manual but im not sure if it is. Also i used a brush because i don't have a gradient in SAI, do you think thats why it didnt work? Thanks for replying :)
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes, it's Luminosity, it kinda work for me, actually: [link]

maybe it's the color you're using?
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Sorayoshi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
probably is because the background colour i tested with was a sky blue,i tried it on another colour just then and it came out orange.

i guess it must be the background colour,im new to this kind of stuff.anyway thanks for your help :)
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ambientdream Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I've always wondering how to do that. Thank you so much for your kindness <3
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SuperMarioSweetie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Very nice thank you very much :heart:
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DiiSk8 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Thank you soooo much *--*
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:iconnegiixo:
negiixo Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ah! Thank you!! :meow::heart:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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:icon3dera:
3dera Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, maccheffigata!! O___________O
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
¨.u la potenza dei vecchi trucchi!
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:icon3dera:
3dera Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ce devo provÓ pure io! Ŕ.Ú
Peccato che ultimamente mi hanno bloccata unicamente con Illustrator ░-░"
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el-L-eN Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the tut! Works perfect for me in GIMP :dance:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D great!
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:iconmairimart:
mairimart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ŕ delizioso!
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
XD moreeee mi stupisco di te che persino tu non lo conoscessi!
io ero in dubbio a scriverlo 'sto tutorial "vabbe', tanto lo conosceranno tutti" ma invece nooo! mi son stupita. ecco.
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mairimart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lo so! XD in realtÓ io me la cavo sempre con trucchetti infimi!
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
XD beh, questo e' un trucco con molta eleganza vintage!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
anche io per fare le luci forti (bruciate) uso il lineardodge...:heart:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
io in realta' quello che uso piu' di tutti in assoluto (al di la' di 'moltiplica' per le ombre) e' Overlay, ma anche di linear dodge abuso in continuazione! XD
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
hihihihi io l'overlay lo uso con le texture, o quello o moltiplica, in base alla sensazione pi¨ chiara o pi¨ scura che voglio conferire! Beeeelli tutti questi effetti layer... :drool:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
in realta' io ho scoperto che prender un livello di blu scuro poco saturo e metterlo in Difference o Exclusion a 20/30% di opacita' da' un effetto vagamente vintage molto figo! *.* (solo per alcuni tipi di effetti pero'. Ci ho fatto 'sta roba: [link])

sono tutti uno piu' bello dell'altro i blending layer! ¨.u si.
A proposito, ma tu gli adjustment layers li usi? io ne abuso in modo indescrivibile...
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
:omg: maddai??? Nooo lo devo provare...l'effetto viene decisamente fighissimo!
Uh gli adjustment...ahahahah li uso un botto! Non sai quante volte sto lý a ritoccare il colore in tutte le sue sfaccettature possibili! :XD:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
XDDDD io ho appena finito un'illustrazione che usa circa 3 livelli per la pittura in se e poi non meno di 25 adjustment layer!!! *derelitta drogata*
per altro david mica ce li insegno' a usare, secondo me mica li conosce... (o per lo meno 3 anni fa non li conosceva)
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
bwhahahahah eh si sei decisamente drogata! :XD:
Non so se ce li farÓ presenti, in caso contrario glie suggerisco io! :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I'm able to get this effect most of the time I need it, but I don't have a set recipe that works in all cases and I need to work and experiment a lot. Thank you for saving me a lot of time! :hug:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) try it! it's good! even mixing different hues for different lights is great!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I just did and it works awesomely :D Much love to you for this :heart:
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masseva Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Student General Artist
it's been a while sinde I last learned something new in Photoshop. and I never had much use for Linear Dodge before. so thanks for sharing. :)
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) I fully understand! I'm always looking for new things too but I don't always find something I didn't already knew... But it's normal, I've been using photoshop from the version 4.0...
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masseva Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student General Artist
hehe, I started with 5.5, if I'm not mistaken. it was still a long time ago. :)
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh, 5.5 was a goood version! XD my fave was 7.0 btw, I kept it till I moved to osx and I couldn't find a copy of that version...
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